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Atlanta delays resurfacing of 20-year-old NASCAR track (The Associated Press)

After numerous complaints from NASCAR drivers, the track announced Thursday it has postponed the repaving of the 20-year-old racing surface at least until after next year’s race weekend. Speedway President Ed Clark said the decision was reached after …

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COLUMN: NASCAR off to a fast start, but ratings still sink (The Associated Press)

Bad news first: The overnight television ratings for NASCAR’s race in California were down. The ratings were down for Phoenix, Las Vegas and Atlanta, too. Basically, nothing NASCAR does can stop this slide, it seems.

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Second to none: Kyle Larson hangs on to win at Fontana (The Associated Press)

Kyle Larson was second to nobody in his home state. Larson persevered through four late restarts to win at Fontana, adding his second career victory to his overall Monster Energy NASCAR Cup series points lead. ”Lots of fun to be Kyle Larson right no…

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Hamilton makes NASCAR history as first black race director (The Associated Press)

Jusan Hamilton grew up working on cars in his grandfather’s garage, and he has been in love with motorsports ever since. Hamilton hit a milestone Saturday when he debuted as a NASCAR race director for the Xfinity Series event at Fontana. ”I think th…

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Larson holds off Logano, wins Xfinity Series race at Fontana (The Associated Press)

Kyle Larson hopes his NASCAR Xfinity race victory will catapult him to a weekend sweep at Fontana. Larson held off Joey Logano on the final lap to win another Xfinity race dominated by Cup drivers on Saturday. Larson thrived out of a late restart wit…

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NASCAR goes Hollywood with young drivers leading the way (The Associated Press)

Ryan Blaney already had his Hollywood moment earlier in the week when he got a photo with actress Daisy Ridley at a Lakers game. ”She had no idea who I was,” Blaney said with a grin. Hopefully the up-and-coming NASCAR driver is a bit smoother on th…

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Danica questions NASCAR discipline after no fine for Dillon (The Associated Press)

When NASCAR decided not to fine Austin Dillon for running Cole Custer into a wall last week in Phoenix, other drivers were left wondering how the sport decides who gets fined and who gets away with rambunctious behavior. ”Give me my money back,” Dan…

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Kyle Larson claims pole at Fontana, edging Denny Hamlin (The Associated Press)

Although Kyle Larson has been in second place for most of this NASCAR season, nobody could catch him in qualifying at Fontana. Larson turned a lap in 38.493 seconds Friday in his Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, hitting 187.047 mph to claim the pole for…

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Dale Jr prepares for 600th race after creating own legacy (The Associated Press)

”I remember telling Tony that I would switch with him for a million dollars so he could do this instead of me,” Earnhardt recalled Friday with a chuckle. Along with being NASCAR’s most popular driver for most of his career, Junior has 26 victories, …

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Jimmie Johnson to start from back after crashing at Fontana (The Associated Press)

Jimmie Johnson will start from the back Sunday when he defends his Fontana title after a spin during practice wrecked his primary car. Johnson elected not to participate in qualifying Friday, sending him to the back of the field in his backup car. Jo…

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NASCAR suspends crew chiefs for Keselowski and Harvick (The Associated Press)

NASCAR suspended the crew chiefs for Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick on Wednesday for violations at Phoenix Raceway. Keselowski’s car failed post-race inspection on Sunday and NASCAR suspended crew chief Paul Wolfe three races. Wolfe was also fined…

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Column: Larson finishes 2nd again, takes over points lead (The Associated Press)

Kyle Larson finished second at Phoenix International Raceway and then headed to the beach for a brief family vacation. There was no lamenting his third consecutive runner-up finish because Larson is the current points leader of NASCAR’s top series. A…

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Newman skips late pit stop, stuns NASCAR field in Phoenix (The Associated Press)

A big gamble in the desert heat ended a long victory drought for Ryan Newman. When just about everybody else decided to take a tire-changing pit stop in the final few laps on Sunday, Newman figured he’d be going in with them. It was a decision that e…

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Allgaier holds on to win Xfinity, his 1st victory in 5 years (The Associated Press)

Justin Allgaier acknowledges there were some very down moments in his long NASCAR Xfinity victory drought. Allgaier held off Ryan Blaney and Erik Jones. Blaney, who started the day 33rd after missing the qualifying, pulled ahead of Jones before the f…

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Fresh generation of drivers emerging on NASCAR circuit (The Associated Press)

Five of the highest-starting eight drivers in NASCAR’s lineup for its Monster Energy Series race on Sunday are 26 or younger. Ryan Blaney, starting next to pole-sitter and teammate Joey Logano on the front row, is 23. Larson won at Michigan last year…

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